Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria
Circa 81 also offers take-out and catering - just contact us for more details.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Shrimp & Grits
fried grit cake, chorizo sautéed shrimp & cajun cream sauce
Truffle Honey Pork Belly
smoked gouda cheese grits, toasted benne, pea tendrils
Black Bean Quesadilla
whole black beans, Monterey Jack and Havarti cheese, chipotle sauce, sour cream
New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers
We will be open for lunch and dinner on 12/31. Lunch 11:30am-2pm and dinner 5-9:30pm. Parties of 4 or more should call to reserve. Special prix fixe menu will be available as well as our full menu. Happy New Year!
Phenomenal staff and food!! Waitress was kind and knew the menu well, service was top notch. This place has become a favorite.
Excellent brunch! The food and service were fabulous!
Great as always.
Excellent food and service! This restaurant never disappoints.
Our favorite restaurant when visiting
We went to Circa 81 for the first time, celebrating a milestone life event. The food was very good, and the service was exemplar. Jaime was very attentive and friendly. However, the hostess was a bit slovenly dressed in a t-shirt that said “But first, coffee”. Not really what I want to be greeted by when I come in to have a celebratory meal, dropping +$100 on dinner. Also, the front door area and siding was dirty and could use some fresh paint. The interior was clean and comfortable, but no real atmosphere.
Many times we have visited, and each and every time everything is excellent.
Circa Benedict was fabulous, but the side of home fries were soft and flavorless. Shrimp and grits was delicious and a reasonably-sized portion. Orange basil mojito was good (a little on the strong side, but my husband liked that). $15 pitcher of Cava Sangria was yummy, like a mix of a mimosa and a sangria. Hosts at front door were pleasant, server was a little slow to greet, but friendly and energetic, took our order, delivered our drinks, never came back to check on us. He did not seem busy with work, but was always busy chit-chatting with other customers. After we had finished our meal, he yelled across the room from behind the bar and asked how we were doing, as he could see we were looking at the drink menu again. I told him we wanted to order more drinks. He continued to chit-chat with the single couple ar the bar for another 10-15 minutes before he finally came to our table to get our drink order. By then, my husband had submitted to just drinking from my sangria pitcher.. We told him we just wanted our check, which he promptly brought over, brazenly included with the bill was a comment card, which I used to describe our disappointing dining experience. Handed the comment card to an older gentleman who appeared to possibly be the owner or manager. With the comments provided, I expected some sort of response from management from a restaurant with the appearance and price-point of an upper-scale dining establishment, but... crickets.
We are so sorry to hear you did not have a great dining experience and will share your feedback with our team. Neither of the owners were aware of the feedback until receiving this review. We appreciate your candid feedback and will work to address your concerns. We take great pride in providing an outstanding dining experience and apologize that we missed the mark. Thank you for sharing your concerns and for your time.
The best service and food around. The people are friendly and the venue is awesome. Makes my wife happy every visit. This is a special place to go.
Excellent food and excellent service. I would highly recommend it.
The food is inventive and delicious, portions good for tapas. Overall a fantastic meal from start to finish!
A feast for the taste buds in every plate! And believe me, I’ve tried them all at least five times!
Enjoyed my birthday brunch
Great place for a date night. Small, intimate and plenty of choices for every taste preference. Reasonable prices and great service.
My husband and I think it’s the best restaurant in Moorehead city!! And Beaufort combined!
Food was delicious and service was excellent
This restaurant is not only in my top 5 in NC but in NY/NJ as well. The tapas are creative and delicious. Our server last night, Nadia, was outstanding. I had a cucumber basil Mojito and it was the best cocktail I’ve had in NC I while on vacation in the past 2 weeks. We’ll be back next time we’re in NC.
Great food, fabulous service, delicious beverages as always
Absolutely scrumptious!!! Will be a staple for us!!
We celebrated my husband’s birthday at Circa. The food was delicious. We had 7-8 different tapas and a couple of the large plates. Everything was wonderful. The service was very friendly and attentive. We love Circa and will always visit when we’re in town.
Outstanding food, great service, friendly staff. Our go to place for date night.
Great food as always
We eat here every chance we get. Jamie was our server, she was fantastic. We wanted for nothing. The food is fanatics. Wonderful flavors and food combinations. Great bar menu. Seriously we’ve tried just about everything on the food menu. Try this gem, you won’t be disappointed.
Nice atmosphere, nice variety, food and service were on point. Definitely recommend.
Superb food and service! We ordered the gambas al ajillo, bread service, black bean quesadilla bites, potatoes bravas, rib eye and cavatappi shrimp pasta - SO DELICIOUS! Plus their moscow mule was great as well!
My favorite place in the whole world to eat. Everything was wonderful
Always enjoy Circa 81. Enjoy!
Every dish is delicious, many layers of flavors. Obviously a lot of effort put into developing the best flavors by chef and his staff.
We like how the staff works together to bring dishes out promptly when they are ready to be served.
We have had Sean our last two visits, and think he is a hard working, very knowledgeable member of the waitstaff.
We come back to Circa 81 every time we visit Emerald Isle- from our home in Pittsburgh- and we tell others about your restaurant as well!
The food and service was excellent. We are visiting from out of town, Northern VA. And wanted to find a nice place for a date night. We had the Shrimp and Gritts, Scallops and Ribeye Steak. All exceeded our expectations and were cooked to perfection. We also had a Mojito and Malbec (Don Miguel) which were also excellent. Would highly recommend this place.
Our go to place in the area! Excellent selection of tasty well prepared tapas and large plates as well.
The food and service were both outstanding.I recommend this restaurant 100%. The ribs and debris and the desserts we’re all fabulous
Our final night out at the beach and so glad we spent it at Circa 81. Staff was so attentive and personable and food and drinks were on point.
We enjoyed a delightful dinner at Circa 81. We were celebrating a milestone birthday for my husband and a milestone anniversary for friends. Everything was first class during our evening -- cocktails, appetizers, wine, entrees, and desserts. Although I mentioned our celebrations in our OpenTable reservation and to our server, there was no complimentary dessert for the birthday boy or for the golden anniversary celebrants. Maybe next time!
As usual, great dining experience. Food was amazing - from the generous "half" size charcuterie board through a sampling of small plates to dessert (try to save room for it). Our server, Jamie, was excellent. Thank you for a delightful evening - sorry we stuck around late, but we were enjoying everything!
I could not recommend this restaurant enough! Everything we had was absolutely amazing! We tried the shrimp & grits, rosemary beef, bacon-wrapped dates, quesadilla, and dessert! The staff were super-friendly, helpful so the service was excellent. We will definitely go back!
Always delicious. Favorites include: rosemary beef, crab dip, brussels sprouts, pot stickers, black bean quesadilla with chicken, brie, calamari special, dates, mojitos, etc. Very friendly and attentive staff. Love that they take reservations.
Always a great experience.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Circa 81. We've been meaning to try it for a while and finally had the opportunity. Food was well-prepared and presented very nicely. Drinks were good and reasonably priced. The waiter was attentive and helpful without getting in the way. All in all, we're looking forward to returning and will bring friends with us.
Former NYers, we recommend Circa 81 to all who appreciate the culinary expertise and service attention of a first class NY restaurant, North Carolina food traditions are delicately and deliciously preserved by the chef and staff of this southern gem.
Great experience. Sonya was excellent as well the entire staff. Great food, was a lot of fun.
Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (252) 648-8300.
Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria is rated 4.9 stars by 779 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.